As Senior Director of Business Development, Michelle cultivates relationships with a wide diversity of organizations who want to communicate and connect with new passionate supporters on the Change.org platform. Prior to joining Change.org, Michelle was a Senior Account Relationship Manager for the world's largest multimedia provider to the cultural arts sector. She has cultivated her client management experiences from serving in management for the luxury fashion and investment banking sectors.
Shut Down the Yulin Dog Meat Festival!
Please consider contributing to our crowdfunding campaign to provide emergency aid to dogs rescued in Yulin: change.org/helpyulindogs Did you know, every year, on the summer solstice, thousands of dogs are rounded up to be eaten in Yulin, China as part of a Dog Meat Festival? We believe that this cruel “festival” has no place in the 21st century. There are so many reasons to end this horrific festival -- warning, the following information may be upsetting. Many of the dogs that are killed are stolen household pets or are watchdogs of rural families. Allowing the Dog Meat Festival to continue is like endorsing dog theft, which supplies the dog meat industry. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is also a dangerous food safety issue. Dogs sold on the market are sick, poisoned and dying animals. They suffer from horrendous conditions during the long distance, trans-provincial journeys, many days without food and water and may carry contagious disease. We appeal to you to act in the interest of public health, food safety, animal welfare, and the image of Guangxi and China. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is a business operation that undermines the national and public interest. The Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region government is at a historical juncture. The Dog Meat Festival must end. By signing our petition, you’re joining a global movement with like-minded people who want to shut down this heinous festival and trade. In the coming weeks and months, you’ll have the opportunity to be involved in both online and in-person events happening around the world. Thank you, Duo Duo Animal Welfare Project (www.duoduoproject.org)
Tell Ben & Jerry's You Want Non-Dairy Ice Cream Options
We have been loyal customers of Ben & Jerry’s for many years, and love the socially progressive nature of the company: their Fair Trade policies, commitment to improved animal welfare, and their long-term support of Marriage Equality! Given all that, we are surprised that a company as ethical as Ben & Jerry’s does not make a non-dairy ice cream. We are familiar with their line of sorbets that are vegan, and think it's great that they offer those, but it would be a huge sign of Ben & Jerry’s support for action against climate change if they offered a non-dairy ice cream. For many, Ben & Jerry’s sets the ice cream agenda. They are in a position to lead the way and make non-dairy ice cream a mainstream choice, like meatless Mondays. Offering an ice cream for their vegan customers would signal their support for cutting back on animal products. There is now a scientific consensus that animal agriculture is the single largest contributor to global warming, outstripping even the transportation industry in its production of greenhouse gases. Moreover, offering a non-animal product line of ice cream would signal to their customers that such alternatives can be mainstream and don't mean sacrificing great flavor and their favorite brands, and that they don't have to be vegan to enjoy them. By offering a vegan ice cream, they could show consumers that non-dairy ice creams don't need to be relegated to the shadowy sections of grocery freezers. There are so many non-dairy milks made from soy, coconut, and almond these days that it seems a cutting-edge company like Ben & Jerry's would want to explore these options seriously! And non-dairy products are also good for those with dairy allergies. There are also serious ethical issues with dairy farming: even small dairy farms separate calves from their mothers, a process that is traumatic for both the cow and the calf. Non-dairy alternatives are in demand for those trying to make compassionate, as well as environmentally friendly choices. Please help us call on Ben & Jerry’s to make cutting back on animal products part of their sustainability agenda and their delectable range of ice cream! [Photo credit to Ineke van Rossum]